Classical Ballet- is the ABC in the dance world.
If you comprehend the basics of classical dance, you can move in any direction of dance. Our studio curriculum is based on the Vaganova Method, which originated in Russian schools.
Sarafanov Dance Studio offers a variety of dance classes from age 2 to adults in a disciplined yet positive and nurturing environment. Our talented team of fully qualified/experienced teachers and choreographers provide a high standard of training. We take pride in watching our dancers grow into self-confident individuals as we encourage a strong work ethic, team-building skills and most importantly, the love and respect for dance. Sarafanov Dance Studio aspires to help every dancer reach their full potential, whether you want to dance for fun, make new friends or train for a professional dance career, we have something for everyone! Sarafanov Dance Studio is pleased to introduce our highly experienced and passionate teachers in a variety of disciplines......
Natasha Sarafanova was born in Kiev Ukraine and started learning Classical Ballet at the Kiev Ballet Academy from the age of 10. When she graduated at the age of 18, Natasha started working as a professional dancer and had a very successful career for over 20 years.
Natasha is also the proud mother of world renowned principal dancer Leonid Sarafanov formerly of the Mariinsky Theatre ( Saint Petersburg, Russia) now with Mikhailovsky Theatre( Saint Petersburg, Russia). Leonid followed his mother and fathers footsteps as well as his grandparents and is now considered to be one of the top classical ballet dancer’s in the world. Both Leonid and his wife Olesya Novikova are special guests of many major ballet companies all over the world like Tokyo Opera House ( Japan), Teatro Alla Scala ( Italy), Vienna State Opera House ( Austria).......
Living with Grandpa at the age of 3, in the living room at every family event would guarantee she was destined to dance.
Tara was introduced to ballet and Tap at the age of 5, and her love for dance grew even more from there.
She studied various styles of dance throughout her training, and then went on to perform in various productions such as the Nutcracker and Annie. She also auditioned for several other dance inspired careers.
In the mid 90’s she moved to Whistler BC, and took a hiatus only due to there not being a dance company there at the time. In 1999 it was time to start a family of her own and now has a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children.
In 2006 she developed an introduction dance program in Pemberton, BC at the Community centre. This program is still running today and also did the same thing in West Kelowna, for Johnson Bentley Aquatic Centre. Again this program still is in operation, leaving behind a small legacy. Sarafanov Dance Studio is happy to have her back for another great year!
Lyrical & Jazz
Miss Charlotte is originally from Charlottesville, VA where she started dancing at 3 years old. After moving to England, she was accepted with a full scholarship to Stella Mann College of Performing Arts and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education and Musical Theatre. She holds a Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate with the International Dance Teachers Association. Charlotte spent two years living and dancing in New York City with Undertone Dance Project, fusion jazz and tap dance company. In 2001, she appeared in a commercial for the Children’s British Broadcasting Channel and danced in ‘Sunday Night Live’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End. Now based in Kelowna, Charlotte loves teaching at Sarafanov Ballet Studio and loves all the energy the students bring to class each week! If you have any questions you can reach her at .
Jera Wolfe is contemporary dancer. Born in Toronto and then raised in Kelowna. Graduate of both the professional program and aspirant program at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Jera was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Canada season 3. He was a first cast ensemble dancer for Disney's Tarzan musical in Germany. As well as dancing Jera adjudicates for 5678 Showtime. Most recently Jera has worked as a choreographer and dancer for The Banff Centre and Red Sky's co production "Backbone".
Lena Chizhova was born in Kaliningrad, Russia. At the age of 18, she graduated from the Kazan (Russia)
College of Cultural Arts, Faculty of Dance, with a Diploma in Professional Dance and Dance Education.
There she studied Classical Ballet and Character Dance. After graduation, she started her career as a
professional dancer and in 1989 moved to the Ukraine where she established the Ballet School
“Nocturne” which is still is operating and is well known in Odessa. While at the Nocturne Ballet Studio,
Lena served as the Manager and Head Choreographer until 2009 when she moved to Canada. A
the highlight of Lena’s career was the recipient of the 2007 Best Teacher and Manager Award from the
Ukraine Minister of Education. Lena was also instrumental in the organizing and choreographing of
cultural events, showcasing many of her students, in Munich (Germany) and Paris (France). Llena was
also invited to judge many of the dance competitions held in Odessa. Many of Lena’s students have
gone on to have successful dance careers as dancers and dance instructors.
Taylor began her professional dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at age 13. When she would come home to Kelowna during the summer, she would train with Natasha at Sarafanov Dance Studio and return to the RWB an even stronger dancer. Taylor completed five years in the Professional Program before she moved to Vancouver to attend the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program. Upon graduating, she accepted an apprentice contract with Ballet BC. She attended many summer intensives including the National Ballet School of Canada, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and the Banff Center for the Arts. Taylor is a current member and assistant to the director of Project20 Arts Collective in Vancouver as well as a ballet and contemporary teacher at different studios here in Kelowna. She feels as though teaching has made her a better dancer and she loves to share everything she has learned and is still learning with her students.
Hip Hop & Musical Theatre
Danny Tagle is born and raised in Manila Philippines. He started performing professionally at the age of 9 as one of the kids in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(Imajé intl. 1992). The following years was a great journey for he worked for one of the most outstanding theatre company in the Philippines. Repertory Philippines(Pinocchio 2003), Wizzard of Oz(2004). He started dancing at the age of 12 and continued as he worked for the Happiest Place on Earth; Disneyland(Hong Kong-2005-2012. The first park’s dance captain, stunt captain, and assistant to the choreographer for ‘Flights of Fantasy Parade”. His dance credits were from the show festival of the Lion King, High school musical LIVE, Disney on Parade, Cars2 and Pirates of the Caribbean shows and TV commercials. He’s also a musician and directed and choreographed a couple of shows in towns such as Rock of Ages2016 and 2017, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Little Shop of Horrors from New Vintage Theatre.